A former high school student in upstate New York was given a year on interim probation after admitting he raped a classmate.
Elias Dowdy, a 19-year-old former student at Niagara Wheatfield Senior High School in Sanborn, pleaded guilty to third-degree rape in May, almost exactly a year after he raped the victim at her Niagara home.
During the year-long probation, Dowdy must live at home, receive psychiatric treatment and can’t engage with any sexually explicit sites, according to WKBW.
According to The Buffalo News, the victim and her mother complained to the Niagara Wheatfield school after the attack, saying the school did nothing to keep the two separate after the incident.
There was no order of protection until Dowdy pleaded guilty in May of this year, the Buffalo News reported.
Despite the victim's mother appealing to Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon to give him full sex offender status, the judge sentenced him to one year of probation.
The judge also read aloud a Facebook post that was written by Dowdy's brother which said: 'That girl had the right to say no … it was consensual but they’re making him out to be a monster. All them people need to take a nosedive off a bridge.'